BP has been supporting the Paralympic Movement since July 2008, when we became the official oil and gas partner for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The success of the games started a movement across BP, and national partnerships have since been formed with teams and athletes around the world.
Singapore was the first Asian country to join the BP Paralympic family, establishing a partnership with Singapore National Paralympics Committee (SNPC) in 2015.
At the heart of the partnership is a consistency of common core values. The values of the Paralympic Movement are courage, determination, inspiration and equality; with BP’s own – safety, respect, excellence, courage and one team. This partnership helps bring it to life in a unique way for our staff, and our partners.
In addition to BP's long-standing support for the whole Singapore Paralympics team, we are delighted to introduce our newest brand ambassadors, Nur Shyahidah Alim and Toh Wei Soong.
Shyahidah picked up her first bow and arrow when she was 18 years old, debuting at the 8th ASEAN Para Games in Singapore in 2015, where she took home two gold medals in the Individual Compound Women and Compound Mixed Team Opens.
She was the first female archer to represent Singapore, and reached the quarter-finals of the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. In 2017, she successfully defended her gold at the 9th ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur.
This champion archer and Asian Paralympic Committee's (APC) athletes' committee member is a strong advocate of an inclusive and integrated society.
Wei Soong was first exposed to swimming at the age of six. What initially started out as therapy for him turned out to be more consequential, entering his first swimming competition when he was nine years old.
He participated in his first international competition, the 1DM Berlin Open 2013, overcoming nerves to bring home two gold medals for Singapore. This was the beginning of many: at the 2015 ASEAN Para Games, Wei Soong won three gold medals and one silver; and at the 2017 event he won two gold and one silver medals, breaking several games records.
More recently, at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Wei Soong won a bronze medal in the men’s s7 50m freestyle, which was the first para- swimming medal for Singapore. He continued this success at the Asian Para Games in Indonesia, where he won two gold and one bronze medals.
As world class athletes who have excelled in their sport, Shyahidah and Wei Soong embody our values of respect, excellence and courage, and it is our pleasure to welcome them into the BP family.
Shyahidah and Wei Soong join past brand ambassadors, life-long friends of BP and successful Paralympic swimmers, Theresa Goh and Yip Pin Xiu (pictured), as important role models and influencers in BP’s journey to champion inclusivity and acceptance.
Business has an important role to play in building an inclusive society. The partnership with SNPC has paved the way for BP to collaborate with local organizations such as Singapore Business Network on DisAbility (SBNoD) and SG Enable on creating an inclusive culture at our workplace and in the broader community.